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WRAP reviewing applicants for harmonisation funding

Collection rounds

WRAP has said it is reviewing applications from waste authorities that have applied for funding from the charity to implement harmonised collection schemes.

In September, WRAP published its Framework for Greater Consistency in Household Recycling for England report following work with an advisory group of representatives from across the sector, and supported by Defra and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Chief executive Marcus Gover told MRW at the time that the charity would ring-fence funding to support local authorities making the switch.

In response to an MRW request, WRAP said it has received 25 applications for support, from single councils and local authority partnerships.

A spokesperson said: “These are being reviewed with the aim of having the projects selected and scoped by the end of March 2017.”

MRW understand the deadline for applicants closed in November.

Discussing how crucial such support would be, on the framework’s release the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (Larac) commented that “for progress to be made quickly, it will require funding that councils do not have”.

WRAP’s spokesperson said advances had also been made in other areas.

“The working groups identified in the framework document have been established, and some have met on several occasions to develop their work programmes and take forward the priority activities identified.

“Work is underway on the packaging work stream; where a review of materials sorting capacity is underway and opportunities for more standard tender/contract documentation linked to the different collection models are being considered.”

All three of WRAP’s options include separate food waste collections.

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